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A new path to social media insight at Vision Critical

October 30, 2012

People who post frequently on Facebook and Twitter are more than 3 times as likely to care about being the most fashionable person in the room, compared to more passive social media users. That was one of the surprising findings that came out of a major social media study Emily Carr University undertook with Vision [...]

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Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers

June 4, 2012

I’d like to designate a coloured ribbon that would be as universally recognized as the yellow or pink ribbon campaigns. See someone wearing this ribbon, and you know that they don’t want to discuss the latest grim news stories. A more elaborate version could prevent spoilers, too.

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Online pickup, or online stalking? (From CBC Vancouver)

March 15, 2012

Finally, an online dating site that makes Plenty of Fish and Craigslist’s Missed Connections look positively classy. My comments are included in the story that ran on CBC news tonight.

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How to use your RSS reader to enhance community

June 16, 2010

How to use your RSS reader so that it strengthens your connection to community, and helps build the kind of society you want to live in.

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Good news for Internet users who need a boost

June 8, 2010

Happy News is a site that accentuates the positive: it promises to deliver only good news stories. You wouldn’t want to make it your only source of information, but when the endless stories of crime and conflict get you down, here’s a nice way to balance it out. It’s a great example of a creative [...]

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10 tips on how to make a great iPad app (live blog)

May 23, 2010

I’m live blogging the news app demonstrations at Hacks/Hackers Unite, where we are seeing a variety of interesting applications for news gathering and delivery. Just as interesting, we’re hearing the panel of judges reflect on what makes a compelling app, so I’m going to capture the issues and suggestions here, which will be particularly useful [...]

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Demo apps for iPad news (live blog)

May 23, 2010

I’m at Hacks Hackers Unite, where a group of eighty journalists (“hacks”) and software developers (“hackers”) have spent the weekend building demo apps that show the possibilities for news gathering and delivery on the iPad. You won’t be able to download these apps from the app store (yet) but they give a hint at what’s [...]

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DoodleBuzz offers a new way of visualizing the news

March 14, 2009

DoodleBuzz is a fun tool that presents news stories from your search, arranged along the outline of your doodle. But there’s a practical value to this gee whiz app.

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